Favorite Cafes & Bakeries in Boston

There’s certainly no shortage of cafes and bakeries in Boston. In this list, I’ve compiled my favorite places to cozy up and grab a little something sweet in Boston, Massachusetts.

Also check out: Where to Eat in Boston and Where to Drink in Boston

Flour Bakery

Bakery with multiple locations in Boston and Cambridge

Brought to you by the people responsible for Myers+Chang, Christopher Myers and Joanne Chang have spread their sticky-bun empire all over Boston and Cambridge, and I’m not mad about it. Joanne Chang was also the winner of the 2016 James Beard award for Outstanding Baker, so there’s that.

Sadly, we can’t eat pastry legend Joanne Chang’s sticky buns every morning (unless we want to buy new jeans every week). So it’s a good thing Flour makes equally excellent savory sandwiches, from roast beef topped with horseradish mayo and crispy onions to grilled cauliflower with poblano relish and Oaxaca cheese—all served with the expeditiousness of an incredibly well-oiled machine.

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You can also order cakes online. I always go for the hazelnut-almond dacquoise for friends’ birthdays, and it is so, so good. You really can’t go wrong with their menu.

What to order?

Sticky Bun (ask for warm), Boston Cream Pie

L.A. Burdick Handmade Chocolates

Chocolate Shop with Multiple Locations in Boston

With a location in Boston and in Harvard Square, Cambridge, this fantastic, little chocolate shop will win you over with their famous hot chocolate and easily giftable chocolate mice (that is if you don’t eat them all!)

I prefer their Harvard Square location in Brattle Square as it’s the perfect stepping stone to fill up on hot chocolate before exploring the area.

What to order?

Order the hot chocolate! And take a set of boxed chocolates home with you!

Tatte Bakery & Cafe

Bakery Cafe with Multiple Locations in Boston

Israeli-American, Tzurit Or, opened her first location in Boston with the goal to “feel welcoming, as if someone was hugging you, a home away from home.” Scattered all over Boston, Tatte Bakery delivers the (baked) goods. With outdoor patio seating at locations like Brookline, enjoy their menu of tartines, shakshuka (yes!), sandwiches, coffee, and more. They also have a gluten-free menu to boot!

What to order?

Avocado Tartine, Shakshuka, and one of their tarts.

Blackbird Donuts

Donut Shop with multiple locations in Boston

Creative, artisanal donuts that take donuts to a whole new level … Brought to you by the same people behind The Gallows.

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What to order?

Vanilla Glaze, Toffee, and Everything Bagel Donut!

Thinking Cup Cafe

Cafe with multiple locations in Boston

Fancy a grilled cheese sandwich, a little pastry, and a hazelnut latte, made with real roasted hazelnut paste? The Boston Commons location gets quite crowded, so take your bites to go and sit on a park bench if the weather is nice!

What to order?

Hazelnut Latte

Fomu Ice Cream

Ice Cream Shop with multiple locations in Boston

Who knew vegan ice cream could be so damn good? Coconut milk-based ice cream that’ll make you want to swap out real dairy from your diet. They even have dairy-free AND gluten-free ice cream cakes that I’ve brought home way too often. Pints of Fomu ice cream can even be found in local grocery stores. Locations all around Boston now, but Allston is where it all started. Give me (ice cream) cake or give me death.

What to order?

Get the maple bourbon pecan.

When In Allston

There’s also Roxy’s Grilled Cheese next door if you’re hankering for something a little more dairy-forward. Or walk towards Harvard Ave and get Korean fried chicken at BonChon, Korean-infusion tacos at Coreanos, Korean kimchi jjigae at Kaju Tofu House, shawarma plate at Garlic ‘n Lemons, or banh mi at Pho Viets inside Super 88. Also worth mentioning the Afghani cuisine at Ariana Restaurant. Needless to say, there’s an endless supply of delicious and cheap eats in Allston.

I also loved going to the Russian grocery stores, Bazaar and Berezka, in Allston and picking up a bottle of khvanchkara (Georgian sweet red wine), caviar, smoked meats, and bags of by-the-pound chocolates, playing a guessing game with my mouth.

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